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Cowen, Barry

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

Yesterday was far from a good day for 430 Bord na Móna staff, their families and their communities. The accelerated decarbonisation programme will move its traditional peat business into renewable...More Button

Bord na Móna was established in the 1940s with a particular remit to create jobs for the people of the midlands region in order that they might derive a living in their own region. The procedure...More Button

Second, can the Government acknowledge the commitment made by ESB and ensure that it is carried out, namely, that it move forward with its planning operations for the cofuelling of peat and bioma...More Button

My third question relates to a letter I sent to the Taoiseach earlier this week. Will the Government agree with my suggestion to put in place a just, sustainable forum with the relevant stakehol...More Button

It is a discussion I had briefly with the Minister for Finance during the negotiations on carbon tax. We did not necessarily agree with its increase except that it be used in the right manner ra...More Button

The local authorities of Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon and Kildare will be holding emergency meetings next week. That is because the 15,000 new jobs to which the Tánaiste referred are not very visi...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Will the Government commit the funds I have asked for to make this real? Will it provide an enterprise and innovation fund to give the midlands the chance to emerge from this? I want answers to t...More Button

The Tánaiste mentioned that there will be 14,000 or 15,000 new jobs. My children and others like them have part-time jobs to supplement the cost of their education. They are registered with the...More Button

What about the ESB application?More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

The State's dependence on agency nursing staff cost €160 million up to May of this year. There are significant difficulties retaining full-time nursing staff. It now appears that agency costs wil...More Button

The Government is paying up to €160 million for nursing agency staff. There are issues retaining full-time staff related to pay and conditions. In the light of a further 20% increase in the cost ...More Button

Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

I thank the Ceann Comhairle. I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the Bill. It is crucial that we adapt to a changing society. With advances in living standards, pe...More Button

In a wider sense, we need to find ways where we can support people who wish to work on and remain independent and active in our economy past some arbitrary age that was set many years ago. The c...More Button

We must not make the mistake of undervaluing people over the age of 65. People in that cohort can still contribute significantly to society through their work. They can provide badly needed exper...More Button

Bord na Móna (Continued)

I spoke on this matter during Leaders' Questions. The Tánaiste responded in fairly general terms. His response was commendable in the sense that he reiterated the commitment of Government to maki...More Button

The Tánaiste said that the Government was open to suggestions and recommendations from the House and beyond. The various local authorities are meeting next week to formulate a response and to pr...More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply. I welcome his statement to the effect that the ESB will proceed with the planning applications to which I referred in the coming weeks. We look forward to that...More Button

I also welcome the commitment to apply to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for specific targeting in the midlands region. The Minister said that the board, various local authorities an...More Button

There has only been one IDA Ireland site visit to the midlands this year.More Button

Departmental Budgets

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: the breakdown of the €106 million capital allocation, that is, Vote 36 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced ...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the details of the €5.5 million capital allocation under A, our people, in Vote 28 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the proj...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the details of the €4 million capital allocation under D, our prosperity, in Vote 28 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the pr...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the details of the €9 million capital allocation under E, our influence, in Vote 28 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the pro...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the details of the €2.5 million capital allocation under international co-operation, in Vote 27 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular f...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the breakdown of the €945,000 capital allocation in the economic and policy division, that is, Vote 7 of the budget 2019 expenditure report of his Department for 2019 by specific project; the proje...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the breakdown of the €945,000 capital allocation in the banking and financial service policy division, that is, Vote 7 of the budget 2019 expenditure report of his Department for 2019 by specific p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the breakdown of the €24 million capital allocation to the Revenue Commissioners, that is, Vote 9 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be comme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the breakdown of the €57,652,000 capital allocation in first, second and early years education (details supplied) within his Department for 2019, by specific project; the projects that will be comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the breakdown of the €13,176,000 capital allocation in skills development (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the breakdown of the €47,770,000 capital allocation in higher education (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the breakdown of the €822,402,000 capital allocation in capital services (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the breakdown of the €43,920,000 capital allocation in the justice division within his Department for 2019, that is, Vote 24 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project; the projects ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the breakdown of the €51,517,000 capital allocation in the courts service within his Department for 2019, that is, Vote 22 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project; the projects th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the details of the €92,340,000 capital allocation in An Garda Síochána within his Department for 2019, that is, Vote 20 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project in tabular form; th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the details of the €100,000 capital allocation in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission within his Department for 2019, that is, Vote 25 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the details of the €32,330,000 capital allocation in the prisons division within his Department for 2019, that is, Vote 21 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project in tabular form;...More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: the breakdown of the €251,945,000 capital allocation in jobs and enterprise development (details supplied) within her Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced an...More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: the breakdown of the €368,055,000 capital allocation in innovation (details supplied) within her Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the breakdown of the €473,000 capital allocation in administration, that is, Vote 38 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the breakdown of the €14,527,000 capital allocation in grants in respect of building and equipping including information and communication technology, that is, Vote 38 of the budget 2019 expenditur...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the breakdown of the €564,461,000 capital allocation in building, equipping and furnishing of health facilities, that is, Vote 38 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 201...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the breakdown of the €2,539,000 capital allocation in building, equipping and furnishing of health facilities part funded by the National Lottery, that is, Vote 38 of the budget 2019 expenditure re...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the breakdown of the €85 million capital allocation in information services and related services for health agencies, that is, Vote 38 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department fo...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the breakdown of the €250,000 capital allocation in other HSE services, that is, Vote 38 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the breakdown of the €3,485,000 capital allocation in food safety, animal and plant health and animal welfare (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects tha...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the breakdown of the €160,746,000 capital allocation in farm sector supports and controls (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the breakdown of the €34,055,000 capital allocation in policy and strategy (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the breakdown of the €56,714,000 capital allocation in the seafood sector (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the breakdown of the €3,127,000 capital allocation for inland fisheries (details supplied) in his Department for 2019, by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the breakdown of the €31,525,000 capital allocation for environment and waste management (details supplied) in his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and c...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the details of the €74,414,000 capital allocation for communications, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects tha...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the details of the €2,023,000 capital allocation for broadcasting, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects which ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the details of the €131,636,000 capital allocation for energy, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects that will ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the details of the €13,275,000 capital allocation for natural resources, Vote 29 of the budget 2019 expenditure report, in his Department for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; the projects ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the breakdown of the €10,590,000 capital allocation in civil aviation (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 201...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the breakdown of the €1,493,080,000 capital allocation in land transport (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the breakdown of the €8,302,000 capital allocation in maritime transport and safety (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and co...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the breakdown of the €61,522,000 capital allocation in sports and recreation services (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the breakdown of the €39,531,000 capital allocation in tourism services (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the breakdown of the €20,140,000 capital allocation in the children and family support programme, that is, Vote 40 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019 by specific p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the breakdown of the €11,860,000 capital allocation in the sectoral programmes for children and young people, that is, Vote 40 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019 b...More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the breakdown of the €125,882,000 capital allocation in rural development and regional affairs, that is, Vote 42 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific pro...More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the breakdown of the €15,118,000 capital allocation in community development, that is, Vote 42 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the details of the €1,335,887,000 capital allocation in the housing division Vote 34 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department's vote for 2019 by specific project in tabular form;...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the details of the €661,911,000 capital allocation in the water services division Vote 34 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department's vote for 2019 by specific project in tabular ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the details of the €12,486,000 capital allocation in the local government division Vote 34 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department's vote for 2019 by specific project in tabular...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the details of the €94,806,000 capital allocation in the planning division Vote 34 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department's vote for 2019 by specific project in tabular form; t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the details of the €7,500,000 capital allocation in the Met Éireann division Vote 34 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within his Department's vote for 2019 by specific project in tabular form;...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the breakdown of the €560,000 capital allocation in the Property Registrations Authority (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the breakdown of the €250,000 capital allocation in the valuation office (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the breakdown of the €41,730,000 capital allocation in culture, that is, Vote 33 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the breakdown of the €15,604,000 capital allocation in heritage, that is, Vote 33 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the breakdown of the €13,467,000 capital allocation in the Irish language, Gaeltacht and islands, that is, Vote 33 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019 by specific p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the breakdown of the €4,499,000 capital allocation in north-south co-operations, that is, Vote 33 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019 by specific project; the proje...More Button

Public Procurement Regulations

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the specific circumstances or criteria under which the Office of Government Procurement is used to advise on or implement a tendering process in Departments or State organisations; and if he will m...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if it is standard procedure as part of a tendering process for the State to pay the costs of tendering for a Government contract to a third party that is tendering for that contract; if there are O...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if his Department has been involved either through the Office of Government Procurement or otherwise to date with the tendering process for the national broadband plan; if so, the details of such i...More Button

Capital Expenditure Programme

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €84,000 capital allocation in the public expenditure and sectoral policy division, that is, Vote 11, of the budget 2019 expenditure report of his Department for 2019 by specifi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €4,331,000 capital allocation in the public service management and reform division, that is, Vote 11, of the budget 2019 expenditure report of his Department for 2019 by specif...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €687,000 capital allocation in the Office of Government Procurement for 2019, that is, Vote 39 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project; the projects that will...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €76,262,000 capital allocation in the flood risk management division of the Office of Public Works, that is, Vote 13 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €105,787,000 capital allocation in the estate management division of the Office of Public Works, that is, Vote 13 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific pro...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €2,500,000 capital allocation in the Public Appointments Service, that is, Vote 17 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €10,900,000 capital allocation in the National Shared Services Office, NSSO, function of his Department, that is, Vote 18 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by spec...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the breakdown of the €100,000 capital allocation in the human resource shared services division of the National Shared Services Office for 2019, that is, Vote 18 of the budget 2019 expenditure repo...More Button

National Broadband Plan Funding

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the capital allocations for the national broadband plan between 2013 and 2027, inclusive, by allocation under the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Plan 2012-2016, the national broadband plan, ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if funding allocated for the national broadband plan but not spent remains in his Department until it is spent; if not, if it is returned to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; and if ...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the breakdown of the €14 million capital allocation, that is, Vote 37 of the budget 2019 expenditure report within her Department for 2019, by specific project; the projects that will be commenced ...More Button